Alonso unsure McLaren will reach Q2 at Silverstone

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Fernando Alonso is unsure whether McLaren will be able to make it through to the second part of qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday.

The British team has endured a tough start to the season due to problems with both the MP4-30 car and its Honda power unit, scoring just four points in the opening eight rounds.

During practice on Friday at Silverstone, neither Alonso nor teammate Jenson Button could finish any higher than 15th as they were restricted to shorter runs.

“Today was more or less as we expected,” Alonso said. “We did limited running, and just tried to get some quality laps under our belts today.

“It wasn’t very easy for anyone today – we saw a lot of people going off – but that’s how it is. Hopefully we can find something extra for tomorrow.”

Alonso is unsure that McLaren will be able to get either of its cars into the top 15 positions during Q1 on Saturday, believing that its closest competitor will be Sauber.

“We’ll take things a step at a time,” the Spaniard said. “Getting into Q2 will be tough – we need to beat the Saubers if we want to get out of Q1 – so we’ll do our very best tomorrow and then focus on finishing the race.

“We’re in a difficult situation but we’ll try to get the maximum out of the car. We tested a lot of parts today and I’m sure we’ll make progress tomorrow.”

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 8am ET on Saturday.